Stanford University's Stephen Quake and his colleagues show that it's possible to sequence the entire prenatal genome in a non-invasive manner. "Molecular counting of parental haplotypes in maternal plasma by shotgun sequencing of maternal plasma DNA allows the inherited fetal genome to be deciphered non-invasively," Quake et al. report in Nature this week.

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Robert Redfield is floated as the next director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Washington Post reports.

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